1.There are about 20 different species of armadillos. Our state armadillo is the nine-banded armadillo.
3.Their life-span is 12-15 years.
4.The word armadillo means "little armored one" in Spanish.
5.The armadillo has a bony, scaly shell to protect it from prey.
6.Armadillos were once native to South America, but now they range as far north as Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas.
7.My favorite pose to see an armadillo is when it is upside down holding an empty lone-star beer bottle. This happens first because the armadillo dies, usually because he's been hit by a car. They don't have great eyesight, so they can't see that car coming down the road. They're sometimes called "hillbilly speed bumps." Then a good old boy sees it, gets out of his truck, and takes one of his "empties" and places it on the armadillo in memoriam. (You can actually purchase these on eBay!)
9.Some armadillos carry the bacterium that causes leprosy. I bet you're re-thinking that decision to keep one as a pet!
10.The 9-banded armadillo weighs from 5.5 to 14 pounds and stands 15 to 23 inches tall.
11.They mostly eat insects.
12.Armadillos are solitary and nocturnal creatures.
Sources: Mental Floss, Wonderopolis, AnimalSake.
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